From Autumn Opens a Door, poetry collection published in fall, 2015.
Expand Our Circle
Rather the intruder
from some other place
than that person we knew.
Better a stranger lurking in the dark
hallways and under the overhanging
trees with their dead limbs. We wanted
someone unknown to us and not
a mind a heart the feelings of a long-time friend
now turned sour and against us.
In shopping for a ghost to populate
our certainly old but unremarkable house
we all agreed
New blood was needed.
No one wants to meet
the same old people
again and again.